One of the dangers of working for Automattic is being acutely aware of all the gorgeous new themes that are launched on WordPress.com. It’s hard for me to stick with one theme for very long! (If you want to stay in the know, too, you can follow WordPress.com News or browse through the theme announcements there.)
I recently switched my blog to the Sorbet theme, created by my talented coworker Caroline. I wanted to share how I tweaked it from the out-of-the-box theme into the custom design you can see on my blog now. Here’s what I started with:
If I see a language written down, I’m pretty good at figuring out what it is. The writing system, the roots of the words, the syntax … there are lots of little clues if you know where to look.
Hearing a language is different. Sure, I can pick out familiar languages with no problem. French, for all that its pronunciation eludes me, is incredibly easy to identify. Arabic and Chinese are impossible for me to understand at this point but I know exactly what they sound like. But there are so many languages I haven’t really heard before, or at least not very often.
For example, I know that Latvian and Armenian are quite unrelated and could tell them apart on paper, but I find it very hard to identify one or the other in speech. And a clip of Hausa could just as easily be Tibetan to my ear. I feel a bit sheepish about how much trouble I have with those languages.
Think you can do better? Test yourself with the Great Language Game.
When I was taking this photo, I was so fascinated by the sunlight breaking through the clouds that I didn’t notice our shadows filling the bottom of the frame. Oops.
So it isn’t the most elegant picture, but I still wanted to share it because of the other shadows in the picture — the shadows of a medieval life on these hills. Those two hills that look like camel humps contain the remains of Deganwy Castle, a castle that looked over Gwynedd long before Edward I built the nearby Conwy Castle.
We didn’t get too close to those castle remains on this walk. The valley in between is deceptively soggy, and muddy, and those clouds threatened to roll in with even more rain. But we enjoyed the view and made plans to walk up from the other side of the hill later on for a closer look.